I’m Deb, aka CurlyGeek. My husband came up with the name and it describes me pretty well. This blog is all about me being geeky. I spent my childhood wishing I were more fun and interesting and social — but now, in my 40s, this blog is about just being who I am.
Obviously, I write about books — book reviews, e-readers, favorite children’s books, book stores, authors, literacy and education.
I read mostly literary fiction, historical fiction, historical mysteries, fantasy and science fiction, and some young adult/children. Lately I’ve been reading more nonfiction, mostly memoirs and books of a political bent. This is not a political blog but I make no attempt to hide my views.
I love books that take place in other times and other worlds, or with characters that have powers greater than our own. I love books with strong, smart, multidimensional characters. I lean towards British writers — Nick Hornby, Kate Atkinson, Maggie O’Farrell, and Margot Livesey, to name a few. Maybe because Britain (especially Scotland) is one of my favorite places.
In recent years I’ve made a real effort to read more diversely. I discovered that most of the authors I loved were white. Reading more diversely has allowed me to explore different cultures, religions, and places. It’s not only made my reading more interesting, but I hope I’m a more open-minded, aware person for it.
My favorite place as a child was the library. Nostalgia for me is going into the children’s section of my library and looking at those old books that are like friends still waiting for you. Today I collect the antique editions of the Oz books. I also love the old fairy tale illustrators like John R. Neill (Oz series), Arthur Rackham, and Maxfield Parrish.
After my husband, family, and my two cats (Sammy and Harley), books are what I love most. This may not make me an interesting person in the eyes of most people — but I hope it makes for an interesting blog if you love books as much as I do.
After reading, some things I like include: travel, genealogy, coffee, wine-tasting, gardening, and yoga.
Favorite Books Released in 2018
Favorite Books Released in 2017
Favorite Books Released in 2016
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